Megan Borowski

Despite Dorian, Severe Drought Now Affecting Parts of South Carolina

By Megan Borowski

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September has been a dry month across the entire Southeastern United States, including South Carolina. Nearly 80% of the state is in a drought according to the most recent report from the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Included in that statistic is a swath of the Midlands, from about Columbia and south that is considered to be in a “severe drought”. A dry pattern, caused in part by the tropical activity off the Atlantic coast and above average temperatures are the primary causes for the development of the abnormally dry conditions.

Jerry Becomes the Season's Fourth Hurricane Over the Central Atlantic

By Megan Borowski

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Jerry is now a hurricane, making it the fourth of the 2019 season. And chances are increasing that it will not be a threat to the United States. Hurricane Jerry has become significantly better organized over the past 24 hours, according to an update from the National Hurricane Center at 11 am Thursday. The category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds up to 75 miles per hour, and it was moving west-northwest at 16 mph. Environmental conditions will be conducive for further intensification, but only for a limited amount of time.

Dorian is Now a Major Hurricane, Forecast Track Still Uncertain

By Megan Borowski

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Dorian become a Major Hurricane Friday afternoon, strengthening to category 3 status with winds up to 115 mph.

The season’s second hurricane will likely intensify further, potentially into a Category 4 storm, prior to landfall with the Florida Peninsula.

As of 5 PM, Hurricane Warnings have been issued by the government of the Bahamas for the northwestern parts of the archipelago.

A Sizzling and Stormy Fourth Expected in South Carolina

By Megan Borowski

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Update Thursday 2:30 pm ET:  Thunderstorms are blossoming across South Carolina at this hour.  The strongest activity was noted on radar north of Columbia, near Rock Hill and Lancaster, where several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued.  Another strong cluster of storms have developed in the Pee Dee region just inland from Georgetown and Myrtle Beach.  The storms are expected to continue developing ac

Wind Damage Possible with Storms in Upstate Tuesday

By Megan Borowski

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Thunderstorms capable of producing wind damage are possible Tuesday afternoon in the South Carolina Upstate, including areas near Greenville, Spartanburg, and Clemson.

 

 

 

The storms are expected to develop mid-afternoon and become widely scattered by early evening. The strongest cells could produce wind gusts up to 60 mph, sudden downpours, frequent lightning, and small hail. Flash flooding could also occur in low lying areas with poor drainage, especially from cells producing high rainfall rates.